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Thin Is the New Happy

Friday, August 24, 2012

I'm not a big fan of self-help weight loss books, but this one appealed to me on the shelves so I bought it. Good decision.

Although the book does discuss what the author did, it focuses more on body image, why it's distorted and some hints for getting over that.

I know I don't have a good image of my body, none of the girls in my family do. This book is helping me think through the root causes and work out ways to overcome them.

There were several points that really hit home. My favorite was not caring how I dress and claiming it's what's inside that matters and dressing well is caving in to the magazine culture image of beauty. I tried an experiment last night and dressed carefully and consiously before going out and I did feel different.

If you can find the book at your library, it's well worth a quick read.
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    Thank you for the recommendation.
    2115 days ago

    Sounds familiar here, too.

    And there is definitely a place in all this for some healthy vanity.

    2128 days ago
    Thanks! I have found a few self-help books that I am glad that I came across. I will add this to my list.

    2128 days ago
    Sounds like a good book, Carrie! I will add it to my library list.
    2129 days ago
    Thanks Carrie, I'm going to check out the book too. I'm sure I'll find some positive tips to live by. As for dressing, I stay dolled up probably to a fault, but it does make me feel good so I've been doing it forever.

    GO TEAM EMERALD! emoticon
    2130 days ago
    I'm going to see if it's at our library too! emoticon
    2130 days ago
    I think I'll look for that one at the library, too! Body image is a huge issue for many of us. When I started to lose weight this time around, it really started when I began taking a little more care with my appearance--putting on makeup, wearing clothes that fit properly, etc. I do feel different when I take time to do that.
    2130 days ago
    Thx for the tip! Women aren't the only ones who struggle with this. I've also had the "what's inside that matters" philosophy and have never paid a great deal of attention to appearance.

    2130 days ago
    Thanks, Carrie, I'll look for the book. I'm with you on the body image issue. Two of my affirmations are "I am a beautiful woman" and "I look good in my clothes." The biggest change I've made is that I very rarely order clothes from catalogs anymore, because I don't need the XL or 1X baggy stuff to cover a multitude of sins. Now I look for clothes that fit well, and with all the sizing problems in the clothing industry, that means I have to try on *everything*. And, just as you found, I do feel better when I take the time to dress carefully.

    2130 days ago
    emoticon going to the library to check this one out! Except when I am in costume or preparing for an event--never look in a mirror and always grab the same clothes to go out. I think I need this......
    2130 days ago
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